Dear Parents and Friends

This will be my last newsletter as Head of this wonderful school and I would like to thank you all for a fantastic first year in our new school building. I cannot quite believe that we are at the end of this year and the last few months in particular have rushed by, far too quickly. I have thoroughly enjoyed leading Chagford C E Primary School over the last 5 years and as a team we have achieved much success; including secure results across Early Years, Phonics, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 compared with the national picture. I am extremely proud of the children who have all worked hard to achieve these standards and the staff team who have managed to create a super ethos and atmosphere within the school as well as supporting the children to be academically successful; not an easy task at all.

Chagford C E Primary School is in a fantastic place to continue to thrive, with a new learning environment, grounds ready for plenty of outdoor learning and a team of staff who are dedicated to the welfare of your children. I know that I can leave in the knowledge that this is a happy, nurturing and successful school with so much to develop in the next few years.

I would like to thank my staff team who have worked tirelessly this year to make sure that the children have been able to achieve in their learning and those many regular volunteers who have come into school to support the children every week; you know who you are and I cannot thank you enough for your time and commitment.

May I also thank Chantal Sorrell who has transformed our outside spaces over this first phase of the landscaping. Although she is employed for a day each week to work with the children, she has worked so much more to make our school look embedded in the town already, plus the wildlife are beginning to visit our outdoor spaces as planned, so thank you so much. I will continue to watch with interest as the longer term plans begin to unfold over the next year.

I would like to wish new teachers Miss Green and Miss Ovens, Teaching Assistant Miss Hanley, Administrator Mrs Jackson and Head of School Miss Penny every success in their new roles. I am sure that you will all make them feel welcome and I do wish them well for September as they begin their lives at Chagford C E Primary School.

Finally I would like to thank you all for such a wonderful Leavers Service yesterday; I  was overwhelmed by the amount of support and kindness that was extended throughout the service by staff, pupils and parents. I am not sure that I deserved everything that was said however I cannot explain how much it meant to me, thank you. I will take away such fond memories and life long friendships from Chagford School and the pear tree given from you as parents will be a continual reminder of many happy years. I have received so many gifts and cards and again, I am overwhelmed by your generosity. Thank you so much.

Thanks again for the ride; it has been a pleasure!

Liz Wiseman


Please read below a message from Deborah Philpott to you all.

Thank you so much for all the kind words, cards and gifts that I have received over the last few days and I do apologise that I won’t be able to thank each of you personally! I have greatly enjoyed my last eleven years at Chagford and leave with sadness. Chagford children are amazingly talented, creative, diverse, sporty and wonderful – each is unique and special and it has been a great joy and honour to teach many, many of them over the years. Parents and carers thank you for all your support of your children, the school and the staff – a great school can only be a great school if it has great parents. A huge thank you to the whole staff team – I have loved working with you; you are very dedicated and talented and I know that you will continue to put children at the heart of everything. It has been a pleasure and a joy to work alongside Liz – she is everything that a school leader should be and so much more. Onwards and Upwards.

I don’t yet know what the future holds for me but I’m looking forward to a relaxing summer holiday and then testing out what I shall do next – exciting times!

And as Dr Seuss said: ‘Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

With much love to you all,

Deborah Philpott

Summer Fayre

Dance Club Perform at the Summer Fair
Congratulations to all those who performed at the summer fair last week, what a fabulous show which was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. Both classes performed energetic street and jazz dances, ending with KS2 performing to a track from The Greatest Showman. Dance club continues next year- contact Jessica Squire (dance teacher) if you would like your child to get involved –
Dancers from KS1: Eva W, Emily B, Faye, Ellawyn, Lily May, Alyssa, Marnie, Molly D., Arnold, Matilda R.
Dancers from KS2: Chloe B, Charlotte G, Grace N, Harriet N, Olivia N.


Top of the leaderboard this week with a Gold star is Ash Class. Silver award to Birch Class and Bronze to Oak Class. Well done everyone.

House Achievement Point Winners

Congratulations to Yellow House for being the overall winners this academic year. The pupils of the Yellow team had extra playtime this afternoon as their special celebration.

Stars of the week

Ash Class: There will be a ‘Star of the day’ board in the Foundation Stage classroom

Beech Class: Molly and Benji. For always having a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards learning.

Yew Class: Arlo and Gigi – For their incredible perseverance both inside the classroom but also outside with their beautiful piano playing and efforts with recent piano exams!

Oak Class: Jamie – for being a polite, caring and perfect role model in Oak class. He has been a joy to teach and loves to learn! Charlotte G – for being a good friend and a fantastic role model. She is always kind, polite and a delight in class!

Birch Class: Year 5 & Mrs Dunnage for working hard and making all of the props for the Y6 leavers’ play.


Thank you to all of the organisers and helpers for making the summer fayre a lovely event, helped of course by the weather and so nice to be able to do it all outside.  It is obviously the first year of running it at the new school so we weren’t sure quite how it would all fit together but apart from a few things to tweak, it seemed to work well.  Special thanks to years 5 and 6 who did some amazing games, enjoyed by the children and hope they had great fun in designing and running them.  They played a very special part in raising money for the PTFA school funds and in total the event raised £1153.31!

Gone out in book bags this week is information regarding a sponsored swim at Chagford pool on Saturday 7th September 9am – midday.  This should be a good event to round the summer off and anyone can take part and can swim as much or as little as they would like.  The PTFA will make sure that refreshments are on hand and if you require further information please contact Chloe on

I would just like to say a thank you to everyone who has helped to organise and run many PTFA events this year and to all those who support the events.  It is an essential part of the school that monies are raised and in the Autumn Term, once we hold the AGM, we can tell you what has been raised for this academic year.  We have ideas of how we can raise more funds so watch this space come September and beyond.
Finally, as we know, we are saying Goodbye to two very valued teachers and our head teacher.  We would just like to say Thank You so much for everything you have done for the children and Chagford School as whole and we wish you good luck in your new ventures, whatever they may be!
Happy summer holidays,
Claire and the PTFA”
Claire Northmore
0800 043 1080

Dates for parents

All pupils to return to school on Wednesday 4th September 2019

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